Nicholls State University Leadership

Dr. Jay Clune

This isn’t just a job for me. This is my passion. I understand the responsibility with which I have been entrusted. I’m thrilled to be the president because I believe in the value of higher education, I believe in Nicholls State University and I believe in the Bayou Region.

Welcome from Dr. Jay Clune

Thank you for your interest in Nicholls State University. We are proud of our university and are pleased that you are taking time to learn how Nicholls will help you achieve your future goals.

If you are a prospective student and want to achieve your dreams, I can promise you a strong commitment by the faculty and staff to help you succeed. We are here totally for you. We are committed to giving you the best possible “education with a personal touch.”

I invite you to visit our campus and talk to the students, faculty and staff members in the area of study that is of interest to you. You will be pleased to learn that we offer a wide variety of accredited programs to exceed your expectations and meet your educational needs.

If you are a parent of a current or future Nicholls student, I applaud your personal interest in your son or daughter. I assure you that the welfare of students is among our foremost concerns. We are committed to helping your son or daughter succeed in the classroom and, eventually, in his or her chosen career.

If you are a prospective employee, I am pleased that you are exploring the possibility of applying for a position at Nicholls. Nicholls is an equal opportunity institution and is successful because of the commitment and professionalism of its faculty and staff.

If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me. You may e-mail me at jay.clune@nicholls.edu.

Dr. Jay Clune

6th President of Nicholls State University

Dr. Sue Westbrook

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs directly supports the vision of the University, to be the intellectual, economic, and cultural heart of the Bayou Region. Our mission is to deliver accredited degree programs and comprehensive learning experiences to prepare students for regional and global professions within a spirited campus environment immersed in Bayou Region culture. The immediate goals of Academic Affairs are student opportunity and success, innovation, internationalization, and serving the needs of the region. Ongoing initiatives include growing a financially viable university, providing a quality workforce and citizens for the Bayou Region, and maintaining high student/alumni satisfaction with the Nicholls experience. Our efforts surround cultivating a climate for innovative teaching and research, sustaining optimal enrollment, enhancing external relationships, optimizing program offerings, and maintaining regional and specialized accreditations.

Vice Provost

A native of Morgan City, Louisiana, Keller earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Nicholls State University and his Master of Science in Nursing from University of Phoenix, New Orleans campus. His Doctorate of Nursing Science was earned from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center.

Keller joined the Nicholls faculty in 1999 as an assistant professor of nursing and has held many different positions within the College of Nursing & Allied Health and Department of Nursing including Director of Continuing Nursing Education, Assistant to the Department Head, Coordinator of Recruitment, Retention, Admissions, and Progression, and BSN Program Director. Having worked on two accreditation cycles for the BSN program and renewing accreditation of the continuing nursing education program, he also holds the credential of certified nurse educator.

Dr. Todd M. Keller

Vice Provost

Jonathan Terrell

Athletic Director

Athletic Director

Jonathan “JT” Terrell was named the Nicholls State University athletic director on June 22, 2020. Terrell is a former football player and coach and is the first Black athletic director in Nicholls history. After leaving the coaching ranks, Terrell spent nearly two decades as a leader in pharmaceuticals and medical device sales. During that time, he was the chief fundraiser for multiple Nicholls Athletics booster clubs, including The First Down Club and the Huddle Up Club. Terrell is married to Taryn Percy and together they have four children, Katelyn Coleman and her husband, Darius; Meagan; Makena; and Jacob.

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Terry Braud Jr., a Houma native, is Nicholls State University’s vice president of finance and administration.

Braud came to Nicholls in August 2016 with more than 32 years of experience as an accountant, controller, vice president of administration and senior vice president and CFO at Cross Holdings, where he also served as board secretary and treasurer. He also taught business at South Louisiana Vocational-Technical School, now Fletcher Technical Community College, and served on the Vandebilt Catholic High School Advisory Council for 12 years.

In his role at Nicholls, he is responsible for chief financial officer duties and overseeing additional departments such as Auxiliary Services, Human Resources, Maintenance, Purchasing and the Nicholls Police Department.

The Nicholls accounting graduate is a certified public accountant and licensed notary. He is also a member of the American Institute of CPAs and the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.

Terry Braud Jr., CPA

Vice President for Finance and Administration

Dr. Michele Caruso

Vice President for Student Affairs

Vice President for Student Affairs

Dr. Michele Caruso serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Nicholls State University where she provides leadership and vision to a portfolio of comprehensive student development, student engagement, student living, and student service programs. Her student affairs administrative experience, which began at Nicholls in 1996, includes serving as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs as well as Dean of Students and Dean of Student Services. She has also served as an associate member of graduate faculty, teaching in the higher education administration program master’s program and has taught in sociology and psychology throughout most of her career. As a senior leader in higher education her passion, focus, and accomplishments have centered on student health and wellness, equity and social justice, food insecurity, strategic student engagement, purposeful and meaningful student experiences, strategic policy development, and behavioral crisis and threat assessment. Dr. Caruso participated in the 2018-2019 University of Louisiana System Management and Leadership Institute where she further advanced and expanded her understanding and application of effective leadership in higher education. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of New Orleans and a doctorate in counselor education from Mississippi State University.

Office of Development

Jeremy Becker, MBA, CFRE

Title: Executive Director of Nicholls Foundation
Department: Nicholls Foundation
Email: jeremy.becker@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4006
Office Location: 125 Elkins Hall

Monique Crochet, M.Ed

Title: Executive Director of External Affairs
Department: Office of Development
Email: monique.crochet@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985.448.4110
Office Location: 125 Elkins Hall

Hillary Charpentier, M.Ed.

Title: Development Officer
Department: Office of Development
Email: hillary.charpentier@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985-448-4234
Office Location: 125 Elkins Hall

Mary (Mitzi) Jackson, M.D.

Title: Development Faculty Fellow
Department: University Development
Email: mary.jackson@nicholls.edu
Phone: 985-448-4020
Office Location: 125 Elkins Hall

Student Leadership

Tyler Legnon

Student Body President
Office Phone: 985.448.4555

Symphony Brown

Student Body Vice President
Office Phone: 985.448.4559

Darren Pitre, Jr.

Office Phone: 985.448.4558

Angela Yanez

Director of Public Relations
Office Phone: 985.448.4556

Victoria Rideau

Director of Student Rights & Grievances
Office Phone: 985.448.4561

2022-2023 Organization Chart